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  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback"

    To our comment about Harvey Updyke's sentence, "The price is high, but so is the value of what he destroyed",Kathy wrote: "He should have to pay, those were historical trees, they were there long beforeMore >>
    To our comment about Harvey Updyke's sentence, "The price is high, but so is the value of what he destroyed"...More >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback"

    In response to our editorial suggesting that Governor Bentley expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Robert wrote:"Many critics are saying that it is only good for the states in the short term.More >>
    In response to our editorial suggesting that Governor Bentley expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act...More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "SCOTUS could go either way on Section 5"

    Guest Editorial: "SCOTUS could go either way on Section 5"

    The U. S. Supreme Court is expected to rule as soon as Thursday on a suit filed by Shelby County to strike down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Section 5 requires that the Justice Department pre-approveMore >>
    The U. S. Supreme Court is expected to rule as soon as Thursday on a suit filed by Shelby County to strike down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.More >>
  • Editorial: "Change the drunk driving BAC level"

    Editorial: "Change the drunk driving BAC level"

    In my editorial on Tuesday I chided our legislators for being the last state to pass a no-brainer  bill legalizing home brewing.  Today I want to challenge them to be one of the first states to pass another no-brainer;More >>
    In my editorial on Tuesday I chided our legislators for being the last state to pass a no-brainer  bill legalizing home brewing.  Today I want to challenge them to be one of the first states to pass another no-brainer;More >>
  • Editorial: "Home brewing, at last"

    Editorial: "Home brewing, at last"

    Kudos, or perhaps, cheers to the Alabama Legislature for passing HB9, the home brewing bill. Legalized home brewing may not be up there with education reform or prison funding, but it was overdue.  More >>
    Kudos, or perhaps, cheers to the Alabama Legislature for passing HB9, the home brewing bill. Legalized home brewing may not be up there with education reform or prison funding, but it was overdue.  More >>
  • Editorial: "Appreciating Mal Moore"

    Editorial: "Appreciating Mal Moore"

    Sometimes it seems that the people who make the headlines surrounding college athletics are the ones setting the wrong examples… a few spoiled athletes, coaches gone astray, fans behaving badly. I didn'tMore >>
    Great people working behind the scenes don't often make the headlines, but they should.  Moore played a role in 10 national championships, 16 SEC championships and 39 bowl trips. More >>
  • Editorial: "Friendly Fire -Tuition" Feedback

    Editorial: "Friendly Fire -Tuition" Feedback

    Most responders  agreed with this week's editorial suggesting that the U.S. government reduce spending on foreign aid by 500 million so that we can continue the military tuition assistance program.  HereMore >>
    Most responders  agreed with this week's editorial suggesting that the U.S. government reduce spending on foreign aid by 500 million so that we can continue the military tuition assistance program.  Here are some of their comments:More >>
  • Editorial: "Feedback" 3/14

    Editorial: "Feedback" 3/14

    In response to our editorial suggesting that the new TSA policy allowing some knives on airplanes should be reversed, we had these comments: "There's no legitimate reason to NOT allow pocket knives onMore >>
    Here are some of the comments you've given us on recent editorials.More >>
  • Editorial: "The Merits of HB 84"

    Editorial: "The Merits of HB 84"

    Many have complained about the way HB 84, the school flexibility act, was passed in the Alabama Legislature.  It was more political that statesmanlike. But, since the Republican super majority and governorMore >>
    Many have complained about the way HB 84, the school flexibility act, was passed in the Alabama Legislature.  It was more political that statesmanlike. But...More >>
  • Editorial: "Feedback: Valor Knows No Gender"

    Editorial: "Feedback: Valor Knows No Gender"

    In our editorial entitled "Valor Know No Gender" we said, "…we support putting the best qualified and most capable people on the field of battle, whether you are a man or woman." In response Marc wrote:More >>
    In our editorial entitled "Valor Know No Gender" we said, "…we support putting the best qualified and most capable people on the field of battle, whether you are a man or woman." In response Marc wrote:More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Local approach to gun control"

    Guest Editorial: "Local approach to gun control"

    There has been much talk lately about how to protect innocent people from firearm violence. Suggestions have been made ranging from some form of gun control to better mental health screening to armingMore >>
    There has been much talk lately about how to protect innocent people from firearm violence. Suggestions have been made ranging from some form of gun control to better mental health screening to armingMore >>
  • Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy HolidaysMore >>
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy Holidays and that certainly includes Christmas.More >>
  • Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
  • Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
  • Editorial: 12's Day of Giving

    Editorial: 12's Day of Giving

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well, for some local families, the holidays are rough. Imagine having no money to provide gifts to your children, and nothing set aside for a special ChristmasMore >>
    It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well, for some local families, the holidays are rough. Imagine having no money to provide gifts to your children, and nothing set aside for a special Christmas dinner.More >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Take the Emotion Out of It"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Take the Emotion Out of It"

    Our editorial last week focusing on Governor Bentley's continued refusal of expanding Medicaid in Alabama and my desire for him to reconsider and expand elicited the following feedback via emails receivedMore >>
    Our editorial last week focusing on Governor Bentley's continued refusal of expanding Medicaid in Alabama and my desire for him to reconsider and expand elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page…here is just a sampling: 
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  • Editorial: "Take the Emotion Out of It"

    Editorial: "Take the Emotion Out of It"

    I've come to the conclusion listening to Governor Bentley throughout the year that his position against Medicaid expansion in Alabama under the Affordable Care Act is based more on emotion and politicalMore >>
    I've come to the conclusion listening to Governor Bentley throughout the year that his position against Medicaid expansion in Alabama under the Affordable Care Act is based more on emotion and political pretence than logic. It's time to take the emotion and political rancor out of this issue...More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Holiday Common Sense"

    Guest Editorial: "Holiday Common Sense"

    Delivered by: Gregory Griffin Sr./Chief Counsel-Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles I do not know about you, but it seems like the Christmas shopping season starts earlier each year. The glitz can overwhelmMore >>
    Delivered by: Gregory Griffin Sr./Chief Counsel-Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles I do not know about you, but it seems like the Christmas shopping season starts earlier each year. The glitz can overwhelmMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: "MPS Grade Changing"

    Guest Editorial: "MPS Grade Changing"

    Delivered by: Michelle Summers/Employee Robert E. Lee High School My name is Michelle Summers and I am currently employed at Robert E. Lee High School. After months of hurling accusations, and a lengthyMore >>
    Delivered by: Michelle Summers/Employee Robert E. Lee High School My name is Michelle Summers and I am currently employed at Robert E. Lee High School. After months of hurling accusations, and a lengthyMore >>
  • Editorial: "Lessons Learned"

    Editorial: "Lessons Learned"

    Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy did the right thing when he reinstated the officer that was involved in the motorcycle "drag racing" incident that we all heard about and then saw after it went viral worldwideMore >>
    Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy did the right thing when he reinstated the officer that was involved in the motorcycle "drag racing" incident that we all heard about and then saw after it went viral worldwideMore >>
  • Editorial: "You Break It – You Bought It"

    Editorial: "You Break It – You Bought It"

    We've all seen the signs at one time or another in a store warning, "If you break it, you've bought it?" This past weekend a circuit court judge ordered Harvey Updyke to pay for the oak trees at Toomer'sMore >>
    We've all seen the signs at one time or another in a store warning, "If you break it, you've bought it?" This past weekend a circuit court judge ordered Harvey Updyke to pay for the oak trees at Toomer's Corner he "broke"...More >>
  • Editorial: "No Vacancy in Alabama Prisons"

    Editorial: "No Vacancy in Alabama Prisons"

    The United States incarcerated approximately 2.2 million people in state and federal institutions in 2011, the most-recent year for which the U.S. Bureau of Justice More >>
    The United States incarcerated approximately 2.2 million people in state and federal institutions in 2011, the most-recent year for which the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics has published data.  In Alabama,More >>
  • Editorial: "Bullies Revisited"

    Editorial: "Bullies Revisited"

    Last week I delivered an editorial on bullying and the tragedy that can follow when children get to places that are so low after being bullied that they would rather be dead than deal with another dayMore >>
    Last week I delivered an editorial on bullying and the tragedy that can follow when children get to places that are so low after being bullied that they would rather be dead than deal with another dayMore >>
  • Editorial: "Standing up to Bullies"

    Editorial: "Standing up to Bullies"

    The heart-wrenching stories of children committing suicide after being tormented by bullies should be enough to get everyone's attention to want to focus constructive energy and resources towards programsMore >>
    The heart-wrenching stories of children committing suicide after being tormented by bullies should be enough to get everyone's attention to want to focus constructive energy and resources towards programsMore >>
  • Editorial: "Transparency"

    Editorial: "Transparency"

    The definition of transparency according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is "able to be seen through; easy to notice or understandMore >>
    The definition of transparency according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is "able to be seen through; easy to notice or understand; honest and open, not secretive."More >>
  • Editorial: "ASU Saga"

    Editorial: "ASU Saga"

    I guess I should have been surprised when I heard Alabama State University had filed a lawsuit against the forensic auditing firm (FSS) hired by the Governor to look into the universities finances, butMore >>
    I guess I should have been surprised when I heard Alabama State University had filed a lawsuit against the forensic auditing firm (FSS) hired by the Governor to look into the university's finances, butMore >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Responsibility"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Responsibility"

    Our editorial last week focusing on ASU's response to the recently released preliminary forensic audit elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 NewsMore >>
    Our editorial last week focusing on ASU's response to the recently released preliminary forensic audit elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 NewsMore >>
  • Editorial: "Responsibility"

    Editorial: "Responsibility"

    Responsibility – everyone is happy to claim it when things go well, but when things don't go as planned or problems arise – that's when getting someone to accept responsibility becomes difficult. WithMore >>
    Responsibility – everyone is happy to claim it when things go well, but when things don't go as planned or problems arise – that's when getting someone to accept responsibility becomes difficult. WithMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Compromise Not Always Best"

    Guest Editorial: "Compromise Not Always Best"

    "I would like to thank WSFA for allowing me to respond to Collin Gaston's editorial of October 11th.  Briefly, Mr. Gaston called on the politicians in Washington to compromise on the fiscal issues facingMore >>
    "I would like to thank WSFA for allowing me to respond to Collin Gaston's editorial of October 11th.  Briefly, Mr. Gaston called on the politicians in Washington to compromise on the fiscal issues facingMore >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Surprise, Surprise"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Surprise, Surprise"

    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the continued federal government shutdown and looming debt ceiling crisis elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com and ourMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the continued federal government shutdown and looming debt ceiling crisis elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com and ourMore >>
  • Editorial: "Surprise, Surprise"

    Editorial: "Surprise, Surprise"

    A week ago I delivered an editorial on our federal government shutting down and pointed out the havoc this would cause our country home and abroad.  Certainly these issues were not lost on our DemocraticMore >>
    A week ago I delivered an editorial on our federal government shutting down and pointed out the havoc this would cause our country home and abroad.  Certainly these issues were not lost on our DemocraticMore >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Dysfunction Personified"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Dysfunction Personified"

    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the Federal Government shutdown elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page…hereMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the Federal Government shutdown elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page…here is just a sampling
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  • Editorial: "Dysfunction Personified"

    Editorial: "Dysfunction Personified"

    Ladies and gentlemen, your United States Federal Government has closed.  Sounds like the beginning of some Hollywood drama that couldn't really happen in the "real world" … right?  Wrong and it's not theMore >>
    Ladies and gentlemen, your United States Federal Government has closed.  Sounds like the beginning of some Hollywood drama that couldn't really happen in the "real world" … right?  Wrong and it's not theMore >>
  • Editorial – "Viewer Feedback: Two Minute Warning: Medicaid"

    Editorial – "Viewer Feedback: Two Minute Warning: Medicaid"

    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on our Governor's decision to not expand Alabama's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act elicited the following feedback via emails received and responsesMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on our Governor's decision to not expand Alabama's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act elicited the following feedback via emails received and responsesMore >>
  • Editorial: "Two Minute Warning-Medicaid"

    Editorial: "Two Minute Warning-Medicaid"

    Alabama has been on the record and "on the clock" all year regarding our Governor's decision to not participate and thereby not receive the available Alabama Federal dollars for Medicaid under the AffordableMore >>
    Alabama has been on the record and "on the clock" all year regarding our Governor's decision to not participate and thereby not receive the available Alabama Federal dollars for Medicaid under the AffordableMore >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Color of One's Skin"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Color of One's Skin"

    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the exclusion of two African American girls from the University of Alabama sororities they were pledging due to the color of their skin provided the followingMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the exclusion of two African American girls from the University of Alabama sororities they were pledging due to the color of their skin provided the followingMore >>
  • Editorial: "Color of One's Skin"

    Editorial: "Color of One's Skin"

    The color of one's skin appears to be a barrier for some in the University of Alabama Greek system.  Allegations made in their campus newspaper, the Crimson White, point to alumnae at multiple sororitiesMore >>
    The color of one's skin appears to be a barrier for some in the University of Alabama Greek system.  Allegations made in their campus newspaper, the Crimson White, point to alumnae at multiple sororities interfering with the voting process potentially costing two qualified African-American candidates spots in those sororities.More >>
  • Editorial: "Diversity"

    Editorial: "Diversity"

    Next Tuesday, Montgomery will host the sixth annual Diversity Summit at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel Spa and Convention Center. This year the Summit's theme will be "New Perspectives for Today's Workplace,"More >>
    Next Tuesday, Montgomery will host the sixth annual Diversity Summit at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel Spa and Convention Center.More >>
  • Editorial: "Tough One"

    Editorial: "Tough One"

    The decision before our President and now Congress regarding Syria is very complicated and very emotional.   Our country, already fatigued from war, is now being asked by our elected leader to supportMore >>
    The decision before our President and now Congress regarding Syria is very complicated and very emotional.   Our country, already fatigued from war, is now being asked by our elected leader to supportMore >>
  • Guest Editorial "National Preparedness Month"

    Guest Editorial "National Preparedness Month"

    September 11, 2001. Looking back, the day is a day of terror. But it's also a day of heroic response, and each day forward has been a day of preparedness. The month of September is National PreparednessMore >>
    September 11, 2001. Looking back, the day is a day of terror. But it's also a day of heroic response, and each day forward has been a day of preparedness. The month of September is National PreparednessMore >>
  • Editorial: "One and Done"

    Editorial: "One and Done"

    Ridiculous – that's the first word that came to mind after hearing and then seeing the brawl between two Alabama high school Football coaches last week.  Following the Walker and Cullman football gameMore >>
    Ridiculous – that's the first word that came to mind after hearing and then seeing the brawl between two Alabama high school Football coaches last week.  Following the Walker and Cullman football gameMore >>
  • Editorial "Win-Win-Win"

    Editorial "Win-Win-Win"

    This week our parent company Raycom Media and Auburn Universities College of Liberal Arts' School of Communication and Journalism announced a pioneering partnership to train multimedia student journalists. ProfessorsMore >>
    This week our parent company Raycom Media and Auburn Universities College of Liberal Arts' School of Communication and Journalism announced a pioneering partnership to train multimedia student journalists. ProfessorsMore >>
  • Editorial: "Biting Back"

    Editorial: "Biting Back"

    Man's best friend, loyal hunting companion, comforter and protector, "little buddy" … all used to describe the love affair with people and their dogs.  All the more reason why the story that broke earlierMore >>
    Man's best friend, loyal hunting companion, comforter and protector, "little buddy" … all used to describe the love affair with people and their dogs.  All the more reason why the story that broke earlierMore >>
  • Editorials: "Disappointed"

    Editorials: "Disappointed"

    Disappointed, that's the feeling I had after reading the report from the State of Alabama Department of Education regarding the Montgomery Public School System. The report had 6 areas of concern, eachMore >>
    Disappointed, that's the feeling I had after reading the report from the State of Alabama Department of Education regarding the Montgomery Public School System. The report had 6 areas of concern, eachMore >>
  • Editorial: "Knowledge Knows No Boundaries"

    Editorial: "Knowledge Knows No Boundaries"

    When you think about great, vibrant places to live what things comes to mind?  A good job market, moderate climate, historical significance, arts and entertainment, great restaurants, and good schoolsMore >>
    When you think about great, vibrant places to live what things comes to mind?  A good job market, moderate climate, historical significance, arts and entertainment, great restaurants, and good schoolsMore >>
  • Editorial: "Must Get it Right"

    Editorial: "Must Get it Right"

    The hiring of the right person as the leader of any organization is one of the most important decisions made.  Whether it's a CEO for a company, a head football coach or a school principal – the rightMore >>
    The hiring of the right person as the leader of any organization is one of the most important decisions made.  Whether it's a CEO for a company, a head football coach or a school principal – the rightMore >>
  • Editorial: "Thank You"

    Editorial: "Thank You"

    Hello Friends, I am Collin Gaston, Vice President and General Manager of WSFA 12 News. Recently many of you were affected by the recent disruption of our signal on the DISH Network system. As you knowMore >>
    Hello Friends, I am Collin Gaston, Vice President and General Manager of WSFA 12 News. Recently many of you were affected by the recent disruption of our signal on the DISH Network system. As you knowMore >>
  • Editorial: "Major League Disappointment"

    Editorial: "Major League Disappointment"

    Thirteen suspensions were handed down this week as Major League Baseball continues to crack down on the use of banned substances.  The most high profile of the suspensions was All-Star Alex Rodriguez ofMore >>
    Thirteen suspensions were handed down this week as Major League Baseball continues to crack down on the use of banned substances.  The most high profile of the suspensions was All-Star Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.More >>
  • Editorial: "Hiring our Heroes"

    Editorial: "Hiring our Heroes"

    Next Tuesday, July 30th from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Double Tree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Montgomery WSFA 12 News, the NBC Network in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce and theMore >>
    Next Tuesday, July 30th from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Double Tree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Montgomery WSFA 12 News, the NBC Network in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce and theMore >>
  • Editorial - "Preventable"

    Editorial - "Preventable"

    In the last week alone, two Alabama children have lost their lives after being left in a hot car.  These are always tragic and unfortunately for the children, preventable occurrences. A study by the SanMore >>
    In the last week alone, two Alabama children have lost their lives after being left in a hot car.  These are always tragic and unfortunately for the children, preventable occurrences.More >>
  • Editorial - "Viewer Feedback: Finish it Out"

    Editorial - "Viewer Feedback: Finish it Out"

    Our editorial last week focusing on elected officials here in Alabama leaving office early to pursue other opportunities drew quick and pointed feedback.  Here are just a few responses received on wsfa.comMore >>
    Our editorial last week focusing on elected officials here in Alabama leaving office early to pursue other opportunities drew quick and pointed feedback.  Here are just a few responses received on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page.More >>
  • Editorial: "Finish it Out"

    Editorial: "Finish it Out"

    In the last couple weeks we've had two high profile elected officials resign their positions as they will be pursuing other opportunities.  Outside of elected officials, I think most people would supportMore >>
    In the last couple weeks we've had two high profile elected officials resign their positions as they will be pursuing other opportunities.More >>
  • Editorial: "Montgomery's a Real Success"

    Editorial: "Montgomery's a Real Success"

    Some good news for Central Alabama homeowners according to the Alabama Center for Real Estate, residential home sales in the Montgomery area continue to lead all of Alabama's major metro markets. As aMore >>
    Some good news for Central Alabama homeowners according to the Alabama Center for Real Estate, residential home sales in the Montgomery area continue to lead all of Alabama's major metro markets. As aMore >>
  • Editorial: "Words Matter"

    Editorial: "Words Matter"

    It's almost impossible to escape the drama surrounding Paula Deen this week.  Unless you've been on an isolated island, you are well aware of her acknowledgement under oath that she has used the "n" wordMore >>
    It's almost impossible to escape the drama surrounding Paula Deen this week.  Unless you've been on an isolated island, you are well aware of her acknowledgement under oath that she has used the "n" wordMore >>
  • Editorial: "Act of Congress"

    Editorial: "Act of Congress"

    By now you've heard the news that the Supreme Court has ruled 5 to 4 striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act which established a formula to identify those areas in our country where racial discriminationMore >>
    By now you've heard the news that the Supreme Court has ruled 5 to 4 striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act which established a formula to identify those areas in our country where racial discriminationMore >>
  • Editorial: "Summer Memories"

    Editorial: "Summer Memories"

    Summertime is sun, fun, beaches, mountains, swimming pools, golf courses and yes for those in school, a break. But it can also be a special time to create lasting memories for families with children aroundMore >>
    Summertime is sun, fun, beaches, mountains, swimming pools, golf courses and yes for those in school, a break. But it can also be a special time to create lasting memories for families with children aroundMore >>
  • WSFA 12 Guest Editorial: "Mind the Meal Gap"

    WSFA 12 Guest Editorial: "Mind the Meal Gap"

    The recent Map the Meal Gap report issued by Feeding America highlighted what we at the Montgomery Area Food Bank have been witnessing over the past several years- more families than ever are in need ofMore >>
    The recent Map the Meal Gap report issued by Feeding America highlighted what we at the Montgomery Area Food Bank have been witnessing over the past several years- more families than ever are in need ofMore >>
  • Editorial: "Medicaid Revisited"

    Editorial: "Medicaid Revisited"

    We think it's important to share and comment on analysis made by reputable organizations regarding important issues that affect Alabamians.  The Rand Corporation, as reported by WSFA 12 News earlier thisMore >>
    We think it's important to share and comment on analysis made by reputable organizations regarding important issues that affect Alabamians.  The Rand Corporation, as reported by WSFA 12 News earlier thisMore >>
  • Editorial: "Outside the Lines"

    Editorial: "Outside the Lines"

    By know you've heard that ASU's interim President has secured legal counsel for and I quote, "university officials in their personal and official positions regarding the agreed upon procedures of the forensicMore >>
    By know you've heard that ASU's interim President has secured legal counsel for and I quote, "university officials in their personal and official positions regarding the agreed upon procedures of the forensicMore >>
  • Editorial: "Save Our Seniors"

    Editorial: "Save Our Seniors"

    If your job was to promote healthy living and lifestyles of seniors living in Alabama - it just got a whole lot harder.  A study by the United Health Foundation just announced its first American's HealthMore >>
    If your job was to promote healthy living and lifestyles of seniors living in Alabama - it just got a whole lot harder.More >>
  • Editorial: "You're Home in Alabama"

    Editorial: "You're Home in Alabama"

    If you are serving our country and stationed in Alabama, we want you to feel at home. One of the ways Alabama lawmakers are making service members feel this way is by allowing for in-state tuition feesMore >>
    If you are serving our country and stationed in Alabama, we want you to feel at home. One of the ways Alabama lawmakers are making service members feel this way is by allowing for in-state tuition feesMore >>
  • Editorial: "Respect your Elders"

    Editorial: "Respect your Elders"

    Anyone who takes advantage of one of Alabama's most treasured assets – the elderly – should face swift and steep consequences.  Thanks to a bill passed in the final hours of most recent legislative session thatMore >>
    Anyone who takes advantage of one of Alabama's most treasured assets – the elderly – should face swift and steep consequences.  Thanks to a bill passed in the final hours of most recent legislative session thatMore >>
  • Editorial: "Time to Help"

    Editorial: "Time to Help"

    The horrific tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma this week bring back all too familiar memories for Alabamians as memories of April 27, 2011 are still fresh in many minds. When Alabamians were in needMore >>
    The horrific tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma this week bring back all too familiar memories for Alabamians as memories of April 27, 2011 are still fresh in many minds. When Alabamians were in needMore >>
  • Editorial: "Looking Forward & Protecting the Past"

    Editorial: "Looking Forward & Protecting the Past"

    What was the old Pan-Am gas station at the corner of Bibb and Coosa is now no longer.  Last weekend that landmark was demolished with nothing remaining where it once stood other than the outline of a foundation. WhatMore >>
    What was the old Pan-Am gas station at the corner of Bibb and Coosa is now no longer.  Last weekend that landmark was demolished with nothing remaining where it once stood other than the outline of a foundation. WhatMore >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Eastdale Mall"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Eastdale Mall"

    Our editorial last week focusing on Eastdale Mall's new Friday and Saturday night policy of not allowing those under the age of 18 into the mall without adult supervision drew almost unanimous praise.More >>
    Our editorial last week focusing on Eastdale Mall's new Friday and Saturday night policy of not allowing those under the age of 18 into the mall without adult supervision drew almost unanimous praise.More >>
  • Editorial: "Parent's Babysit - Not Malls"

    Editorial: "Parent's Babysit - Not Malls"

    Last week the Eastdale Mall took a position that if you under the age of 18 and want to come to their mall you're going to need adult supervision between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on Friday and SaturdayMore >>
    Last week the Eastdale Mall took a position that if you under the age of 18 and want to come to their mall you're going to need adult supervision between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on Friday and SaturdayMore >>
  • Editorial: "Balancing Act"

    Editorial: "Balancing Act"

    A couple of weeks ago we learned that the $50 million dollars of Alabama's portion of the national tobacco settlement, which before now was tied up in court, is now destined for our state. Good news, right?More >>
    A couple of weeks ago we learned that the $50 million dollars of Alabama's portion of the national tobacco settlement, which before now was tied up in court, is now destined for our state. Good news, right?  Well yes, but not everyone is as happy as they once thought they would be.More >>
  • Editorial: "Being ‘Well' and Being ‘Fair' with Welfare"

    Editorial: "Being ‘Well' and Being ‘Fair' with Welfare"

    The Republicans in the Alabama Senate moved swiftly earlier this week to approve legislation providing for drug testing of some welfare recipients. The individuals that will be tested are those that have beenMore >>
    The Republicans in the Alabama Senate moved swiftly earlier this week to approve legislation providing for drug testing of some welfare recipients.More >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Medicaid"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Medicaid"

    Our editorial focusing on Medicaid and the current position our Governor is taking prompted the following responses on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News Facebook page: Debra writes, "Since Alabama citizens,More >>
    Our editorial focusing on Medicaid and the current position our Governor is taking prompted the following responses on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News Facebook page: Debra writes, "Since Alabama citizens,More >>
  • Editorial: "Governor - Find a Way"

    Editorial: "Governor - Find a Way"

    Governor Bentley, we respectfully ask that you find a way to approve Medicaid Expansion in Alabama under the Affordable Healthcare Act.  We ask that you reconsider your current position on behalf of theMore >>
    Governor Bentley, we respectfully ask that you find a way to approve Medicaid Expansion in Alabama under the Affordable Healthcare Act.More >>
  • Editorial: "Lives are depending on it"

    Editorial: "Lives are depending on it"

    We've had 20 people this year murdered in Montgomery because someone else had a choice to make and they chose wrongly. There was a point in these criminals lives when they came to a fork in the road andMore >>
    We've had 20 people this year murdered in Montgomery because someone else had a choice to make and they chose wrongly. There was a point in these criminals lives when they came to a fork in the road andMore >>
  • Editorial: "It Can Wait!"

    Editorial: "It Can Wait!"

    According to a recent survey by AT&T provided to the USA TODAY, almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of the adults admitted they knewMore >>
    According to a recent survey by AT&T provided to the USA TODAY, almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of the adults admitted they knewMore >>
  • Editorial: "Biscuits a home run for downtown"

    Editorial: "Biscuits a home run for downtown"

    The words "play ball" first rang out in Riverwalk Stadium in the spring of 2004 celebrating the first pitch and season of our beloved Montgomery Biscuits.  Hard to believe that was 9 years ago as the teamMore >>
    The words "play ball" first rang out in Riverwalk Stadium in the spring of 2004 celebrating the first pitch and season of our beloved Montgomery Biscuits.More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "April is Child Abuse Prevention Month"

    Guest Editorial: "April is Child Abuse Prevention Month"

    April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention month and our opportunity to spotlight individuals and programs in all of our communities that work 365 days a year to prevent the most despicable form ofMore >>
    April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention month and our opportunity to spotlight individuals and programs in all of our communities that work 365 days a year to prevent the most despicable form ofMore >>
  • Editorial: "Matter of Trust"

    Editorial: "Matter of Trust"

    About a month ago we highlighted the planned reduction of the military's tuition-assistance program due to the federally mandated budget sequester.  The elimination of tuition assistance would have affectedMore >>
    About a month ago we highlighted the planned reduction of the military's tuition-assistance program due to the federally mandated budget sequester.  The elimination of tuition assistance would have affectedMore >>
  • Editorial: "Big Picture"

    Editorial: "Big Picture"

    Last week we had a larger than life act come to town and play the historic Garrett Coliseum.  Elton John brought the house down at a location not regularly visited by global entertainers. With such events,More >>
    Last week we had a larger than life act come to town and play the historic Garrett Coliseum.  Elton John brought the house down at a location not regularly visited by global entertainers. With such events,More >>
  • Editorial: "Friendly Fire - Tuition"

    Editorial: "Friendly Fire - Tuition"

    The U.S. military's decision to suspend tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty service members rely on to pay for college classes was a blow most military men and women didn't see coming. ThisMore >>
    The U.S. military's decision to suspend tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty service members rely on to pay for college classes was a blow most military men and women didn't see coming. ThisMore >>
  • Editorial: "Sticking it to the TSA"

    Editorial: "Sticking it to the TSA"

    We recently had one of those "who thought this was a good idea" moments. That moment was when I heard about the announcement by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that they are revising theirMore >>
    We recently had one of those "who thought this was a good idea" moments. That moment was when I heard about the announcement by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that they are revising theirMore >>
  • Editorial: "Flexing" over legislature's school bill

    Editorial: "Flexing" over legislature's school bill

    There's been a whole lot of flexing going on over the past week. The first flex came from the Republican supermajority as they pushed through HB 84 "The Alabama Accountability Act of 2013" which authorizesMore >>
    There's been a whole lot of flexing going on over the past week. The first flex came from the Republican supermajority as they pushed through HB 84 "The Alabama Accountability Act of 2013" which authorizesMore >>
  • Editorial: Keep "Section 5" of the Voting Rights Act

    Editorial: Keep "Section 5" of the Voting Rights Act

    The Voting Rights Act and Alabama is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court this week as the Shelby County v. Holder case is heard.  A primary focus of the arguments is Section 5 with debate centeringMore >>
    The Voting Rights Act and Alabama is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court this week as the Shelby County v. Holder case is heard.  A primary focus of the arguments is Section 5 with debate centeringMore >>
  • Editorial: "Sequester and School"

    Editorial: "Sequester and School"

    A recent Washington Post-Pew poll delivered findings that "just one in four Americans are following closely the debate over the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts set to kick in on Friday." AssumingMore >>
    A recent Washington Post-Pew poll delivered findings that "just one in four Americans are following closely the debate over the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts set to kick in on Friday." AssumingMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Severe Weather Awareness" 2/21

    Guest Editorial: "Severe Weather Awareness" 2/21

    We spend a lifetime engaged in preparedness; preparing for tests, children, adulthood, aging, just life in general. This week Governor Robert Bentley, the Alabama EMA, the National Weather Service, theMore >>
    We spend a lifetime engaged in preparedness; preparing for tests, children, adulthood, aging, just life in general. This week Governor Robert Bentley, the Alabama EMA, the National Weather Service, theMore >>
  • Editorial: "Bingo!"

    Editorial: "Bingo!"

    Electronic bingo has again taken center stage this week as Alabama's Attorney General's office has raided and shut down Victoryland, while at the same time, filing a lawsuit to stop the operation of slotMore >>
    Electronic bingo has again taken center stage this week as Alabama's Attorney General's office has raided and shut down Victoryland, while at the same time, filing a lawsuit to stop the operation of slotMore >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Slippery Slope"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Slippery Slope"

    Our editorial focusing on the desire by some to legalize the use of medical marijuana in Alabama elicited a large number of passionate responses on wsfa.com: Here's a sample, "While it might be a littleMore >>
    Our editorial focusing on the desire by some to legalize the use of medical marijuana in Alabama elicited a large number of passionate responses on wsfa.com: Here's a sample, "While it might be a littleMore >>
  • Editorial: "God Made a Farmer"

    Editorial: "God Made a Farmer"

    I think most of us take for granted that when we walk into a grocery store that it will be fully stocked with fresh meat and produce, very rarely, if ever, thinking or appreciating the men and women whoMore >>
    I think most of us take for granted that when we walk into a grocery store that it will be fully stocked with fresh meat and produce, very rarely, if ever, thinking or appreciating the men and women whoMore >>
  • Editorial: "Slippery Slope"

    Editorial: "Slippery Slope"

    As of last week, 10 states had pending Legislation to legalize medical marijuana, Alabama was one of them. On Wednesday, the Alabama House Health Committee voted 12 to 2 in opposition of the bill thusMore >>
    As of last week, 10 states had pending Legislation to legalize medical marijuana, Alabama was one of them. On Wednesday, the Alabama House Health Committee voted 12 to 2 in opposition of the bill thusMore >>
  • Editorial: “Tell it like it is”

    Editorial: “Tell it like it is”

    All last year we heard the "good news" about Alabama's unemployment numbers dropping and new jobs being created all over our fair state. And while it's true that unemployment has dropped, that is farMore >>
    All last year we heard the "good news" about Alabama's unemployment numbers dropping and new jobs being created all over our fair state. And while it's true that unemployment has dropped, that is farMore >>
  • Editorial: "Wrong is Wrong"

    Editorial: "Wrong is Wrong"

    Right is right and wrong is wrong as the saying goes. By now, most everyone has heard about the sexual misconduct perpetuated against female inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women; a deeply disturbingMore >>
    Right is right and wrong is wrong as the saying goes. By now, most everyone has heard about the sexual misconduct perpetuated against female inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women; a deeply disturbingMore >>
  • Editorial: "Valor Knows No Gender"

    Editorial: "Valor Knows No Gender"

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a lifting of the ban on women serving in ground combat, saying he believes women have become an integral part of the military's ability to succeed. Panetta saidMore >>
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a lifting of the ban on women serving in ground combat, saying he believes women have become an integral part of the military's ability to succeed. Panetta saidMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Volunteering to Coach"

    Guest Editorial: "Volunteering to Coach"

    Volunteering to Coach is both challenging and rewarding. It gives you the opportunity to teach a sport and emphasize education and character building. Being a volunteer Coach shows that you have aMore >>
    Volunteering to Coach is both challenging and rewarding. It gives you the opportunity to teach a sport and emphasize education and character building. Being a volunteer Coach shows that you have aMore >>
  • Editorial: "Recipe for Disaster"

    Editorial: "Recipe for Disaster"

    As the conversation around our city, state and country focusing on gun control gets louder and louder following each tragic event it's obvious to us that those holding these weapons were in dire need ofMore >>
    As the conversation around our city, state and country focusing on gun control gets louder and louder following each tragic event it's obvious to us that those holding these weapons were in dire need ofMore >>
  • Editorial: "Good News/Tough Times"

    Editorial: "Good News/Tough Times"

    The last four years have been tough all around. The housing bubble burst, the economy entered a recession, our government hit the debt ceiling, and jobs were cut causing businesses and families to makeMore >>
    The last four years have been tough all around. The housing bubble burst, the economy entered a recession, our government hit the debt ceiling, and jobs were cut causing businesses and families to makeMore >>
  • Guest Editorial: "ASU Collaboration of Dreams"

    Guest Editorial: "ASU Collaboration of Dreams"

    Alabama State University has been the subject of controversy lately over unproven allegations surrounding unnamed contracts. Recent unfounded rumors have clouded the focus on all the great things accomplishedMore >>
    Alabama State University has been the subject of controversy lately over unproven allegations surrounding unnamed contracts. Recent unfounded rumors have clouded the focus on all the great things accomplishedMore >>
  • Editorial "Fiscal Storms Ahead"

    Editorial "Fiscal Storms Ahead"

    Tuesday evening our President addressed the nation and informed us that a deal had indeed been cut. Following this address, there will certainly be some that think the fiscal storm for our country hasMore >>
    Tuesday evening our President addressed the nation and informed us that a deal had indeed been cut. Following this address, there will certainly be some that think the fiscal storm for our country hasMore >>
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